Posted by Sarah in Uncategorized on June 27, 2011
As the term is coming to an end I thought I’d show some of the fun things we have managed to squeeze into into it. I mentioned that we have started fortnightly ice skating. Well we also go to a weekly music, art and activity group called Junior Jivers. Each term there’s a new theme with a different weekly focus this term was Community Helpers. The weekly programme includes music activities, craft, bible verse, story and prayer time and ends with free play. I have also notice since I’ve been looking into OT with Eli that a lot of the moving to music that they do is beneficial to brain development as well as just being fun.
Each week the kids have the opportunity to do a theme based craft or activity. The above photo shows the little houses that they made when we were looking at construction workers.
This is the fire engine that Sabi made and then tried to eat.
Sabi is modelling the only right way to wear a police hat. We made these the week we had a police officer turn up to talk to the kids about safety.
They also got a show bag full of goodies from the police officer which included a very exiting crime prevention van. Lilly looks very pleased with herself because she was able to answer the most questions right apparently, aww my little know it all must remember to include humility in next terms lesson plans.
We when to visit the local fire station and got freaked out my the fireman’s Darth Vader voice.
He also taught us very important survival skills and fire prevention skills which now that it is winter and I have the heaters on I get reminded of daily in the form of sentences like this "That heaters on Mummy, if you put a towel on that heater and walked away it would catch on fire, then the house would burn down and we would all be burnt alive…..have you checked the batteries in the smoke detector?"
They all had their favourite parts of the visit, Sabi liked the big hose best, Lilly and Lani thought the truck was pretty cool and Eli would not stop talking about the weights training room, one of the officers spent a long time talking with him about the correct way to lift weights and you would think that conversation was the best thing that has ever happened to Eli the way he goes on about it.
We also learnt about the postman and the craft that week was to write a letter to yourself and leave it at Junior Jivers for the leaders to post to you. I was very surprised at how excited my kids were waiting for mail I guess they don’t get to do it that much.
Our Church celebrated it’s birthday with a huge party and Junior Jivers had a free face painting stall. I am in the brown top painting faces, I’m not sure how many kids faces I painted I lost count.
I do know I painted Lani’s though, she insisted on not having anything girly this year.
These are some iPhone snaps the kids asked me to take during the free play time we have at the end of each Junior Jivers day they like to have a permanent record of their block towers before they smash them down.
We finished the term with a crazy hair dress up party and I completely forgot to take photos of their costumes whoops.
We then went around to another junior Jiver mums house to look at their baby Guinea pigs aren’t they cute!
Lani is now desperate for a Guinea Pig and I think she has a better chance of convincing her Daddy to cave on that one than she did with her previous white Chihuahua campaign.
So that was a terms worth of Junior Jivers, maybe I should do weekly updates next term and avoid a other mammoth post. Oh well I had to record it for home schooling purposes and also to just state how cool this Church has been with accepting and offering opportunities to our slightly left of centre family.